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I have a court date this morning in Washington DC:Case No: 2016 CA 005491 R9 (RP)Motion for Default Judgment for my home.Is there anything that I can do this morning to postpone this so I can sell my home in the next 2 months,Thank you,
Clinton Alsip

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DC

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Nothing. I need to sell the house, but I have been caring for my mother in Pennsylvania the last year.

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Again, I just need to know my next steps. Thank you

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
The default judgment has no sale date issued. What happens this morning? Can I get a stay of 30 days to sell and vacate?
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Good morning. Did you fail to file an answer or respond to the complaint? Is that why the bank is seeking a default? Do you have equity in the home and a buyer, at this time?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I never received paperwork saying I needed to respond
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I have equity but no buyer.

So this is the first you are hearing of this?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I received the paperwork but it says I failed to file an answer
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I’m considering filing for bankruptcy

Thank you. In a situation like this, you would need to try and convince the Judge that you did not understand that you need to answer the complaint. Typically, it will state if you have to file an answer within X number of days and if that was not disclosed to you and you were not aware, you could object and oppose the default and ask the Judge to allow you 10 or 20 days, to answer and raise any defenses. If the Judge allows it, it would prevent the default from being entered and give you more time and you want to ask the Judge to have this decided on the merits. You can also try and find a buyer and if you have a contract, ask that the bank stay the proceedings and allow it to be closed, so they can get paid off in full.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Ok then I will try and do what you suggested

Yes, you need to explain to the Judge why you failed to answer and that you did not know or understand the need and ask for time, which if granted, should delay this.

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